Thursday, March 24, 2005

Palestine Film Festival, Chicago Siskel Center April 15

Chicago Palestine Film Festival 200
54th annual
April 15-May 3

The Chicago Palestine Film Festival begins April 15 at the Gene Siskel Film Center and continues from April 29 to May 3 at St. Xavier University in Chicago.Our 23 film selections for this year include films from Palestine, Israel, Europe, and North America. This truly reflects the diversity of perspectives of Palestinians in exile and diaspora as well as non-Palestinian filmmakers who have made excellent films about the country and its people. In contrast to previous years, we have an large number of feature/narrative films as well as personal and hard-hitting documentaries and even an animation.This year we are able to bring a staggering number of special guests to the festival to present films and participate in question and answer sessions after film screenings. Our invited guests include Columbia University professor Joseph Massad, Lebanese author Elias Khoury, documentary filmmaker Buthaina Canaan Khoury, and emerging filmmaker Shady Srour from Nazareth. We are especially proud to present world-class Latino filmmaker Miguel Littin from Chile, who will present his two recent films about Palestine and his connection to the land of his grandparents. More information about these special guests can be found at our web site.We are proud to be the only annual film festival of Palestinian films and Palestine-related films in the world. As we begin our fourth festival, we reaffirm our formative mission statement, which has guided our selection process:"The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-sectarian project based in Chicago that exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors and films about Palestine. CPFF is dedicated to presenting a film festival that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience and vision of the filmmakers."We are thank our individual donors, foundations, and corporations including the Illinois Humanities Council, Crossroads Fund, the Jerusalem Fund, Dish Network, and the Electronic Intifada. Of course, we could not host a film festival without high-quality venues, so we are grateful to the Gene Siskel Film Center of the Art Institute of Chicago for inviting us to be a community partner. We are also hosted at Saint Xavier University thanks to the support of their Center for International Education, Middle Eastern Studies Program, and Department of Anthropology and Sociology.Please visit our web site for detailed information about the schedule, venues, and films. For review copies, please contact Gene Siskel Film Center for the films they are hosting or contact CPFF's press relations team at or[Film title][Directors][Duration][Year][Country of production][Venue]2000 TerroristsHanro Smitsman and Peter Speetjens0:502004The NetherlandsGene Siskel Film CenterAnd Life Goes OnReem Bader0:082004PalestineGene Siskel Film CenterAnother Road HomeDanae Elon1:192004USASt. XavierArafat, My BrotherRashid Masharawi1:202005FranceGene Siskel Film CenterCurfewRashid Masharawi1:151993PalestineSt. XavierDoor to the SunYusry Nasrallah4:382004EgyptGene Siskel Film CenterFixMohanad Yaqubi0:082004PalestineSt. XavierGod on our SideMichal Pfeffer and Uri Kranot0:072005The NetherlandsGene Siskel Film CenterGoing for a RideNahed Awad0:152003PalestineGene Siskel Film CenterHaifaRashid Masharawi1:361995PalestineGene Siskel Film CenterThe Land of '48Barrack Rima0:572003BelgiumSt. XavierMy Dear Olive TreeOsama Qashoo0:182004PalestineSt. XavierA Palestinian ChronicleMiguel Littin1:302001ChileGene Siskel Film CenterPrivateSaverio Costanzo1:302003ItalyGene Siskel Film CenterRainbowAbdel Salam Shehada0:402004PalestineSt. XavierChatila JunctionMaher Abi Samra0:522004FranceSt. XavierSense of NeedShady Srour1:302004USA/PalestineGene Siskel Film CenterSoraida, Woman of PalestineTahani Rached2:002004CanadaSt. XavierThe Eternal DanceHiam Abbas0:262003FranceSt. XavierThe Last MoonMiguel Littin0:302004ChileGene Siskel Film Centeruntil when...Dahna Aburahme1:162004Palestine/USASt. XavierWallSimone Bitton1:382004France/IsraelGene Siskel Film CenterWomen in StruggleButhaina Canaan Khoury0:562004Palestine
Gene Siskel Film Center
Benjamin J Doherty
Chicago Palestine Film Festival 2005